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Description

SimAnt explores the detail of the lives of ants, as you take full control of an ant colony. Build up your colony to conquer the other colonies in the yard. Foes include spiders and humans - make their lives a misery by invading their homes. A Quick Game option focuses on battles with other groups of ants, and a full Tutorial mode is provided. Biological detail of real ants is provided, to help make the package more educational.

In the full game the player starts out as the black queen ant who must start an ant hill and produce offspring to start the first colony. They control the output of types of ants between soldiers, workers, and breeders. Soldiers fight the enemy red ants and protect the ant hill, workers maintain the food supply and build out the ant hill, while breeders are used to start more ant colonies in the effort to take over the human’s property.

The player can switch from controlling one ant to another as necessary to do different tasks in the game directly. They can go out on the surface and collect green food dots, call in the troops and take down spiders and caterpillars or invade the red ants’ hill and kill them off. While out on the surface it is important to be careful not to drown in the rain or get killed by the lawn mower.

When there are populations of breeders, they can be dispersed to other sectors of the yard and house within three sectors of the current sector you’re operating from. Once a sector has a black ant hill on it, the player can move over to the newly populated sector and work from there to continue furthering the black ants.

The game is won when the red ants are exterminated from the play field and the human and his cat and dog are driven from their house by the overwhelming ant infestation which has been waged on them.

Screenshots

SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony Amiga Main menu (Hi-Res version)
SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony Sharp X68000 Title screen, the interface you can see in the background is from SX-Window, this is one of the very few X68000 games that was made for that program
SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony Windows 3.x View several important windows simultaneously
SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony DOS Welcome to the tutorial!  2-D underground mode.

Promo Images

SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony Other
SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "SimAnt: Die Trick-Kolonie" -- German title
  • "シムアント" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Sure beats having an ant farm Windows 3.x Maw (884)
Fun the first time around... DOS Stephen M (24)
Simant is as addictive as it is educational. DOS kbmb (435)
More fun than your first ant farm. DOS gametrader (233)

Critic Reviews

Info Amiga Apr, 1992 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Power Play Amiga 1992 86 out of 100 86
Amiga Joker Amiga Mar, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Entertainment Weekly DOS Jan 13, 1995 B+ 83
PC Joker DOS Feb, 1992 82 out of 100 82
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 79 out of 100 79
Game Players SNES Jan, 1994 74 out of 100 74
Amiga Format Amiga Jul, 1992 73 out of 100 73
Play Time DOS Apr, 1992 72 out of 100 72
All Game Guide DOS 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

Forums

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The Queen 2 Indra was here (20911)
Apr 09, 2009

Trivia

Amiga version

Amiga version of the game was delivered on three disks. The first one contained the main program of the game which ran Hi-Res version of the game which was placed on a second disk. On a third disk Low-Res version of the game was put. In order to play the Low-Res version the player had to boot the first disk which loaded an Amiga Workbench. Then the third disk should be placed in the floppy drive, opened and the Low-Res version should be loaded by clicking on its icon. Both versions could be installed on a hard drive and then running either of the versions was possible simply by clicking on its dedicated icon.

In the Low-Res version the "MAP" gadget just brings up the Map window while on the Hi-Res version it brings up a minimap which lets you move to a new location by moving the outlined box.

DOS version manual

The manual for the DOS version of the game, asides from having the instructions to play, also served as a mini-encyclopedia on ants, with 86 pages dedicated to the topic alone!

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